CDC: What to do if you are sick

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

Many insurers are offering telemedicine options so patients can connect electronically with a provider.

COVID-19 Self-Checker: A guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.

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10 Ways to Manage Respiratory Symptoms at Home (Fact Sheet)

Managing Anxiety & Stress


Some people do not need to be tested for COVID-19. The MA Department of Health (MDPH) has identified specific criteria for healthcare providers to follow to determine who should be tested. People without symptoms do not qualify for testing.

In order to be tested, you must fall into certain epidemiologic (how you may have been exposed or be at higher risk) or occupational risk categories AND display certain clinical features. Click here to see the full criteria for testing. These criteria prioritize identifying places where public health action could be used to slow the transmission of disease to protect:

  • Individuals at increased risk for severe illness
  • Healthcare and critical infrastructure workforces

Neither MDPH or the Newton Health and Human Services Department need to pre-approve testing for COVID-19. Questions or concerns about your individual situation should be answered by your healthcare provider.




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